If you have been following our production department updates you will know that our production team has been working on making improvements to our fleet of guest boats. With most of the major carpentry completed painting is underway.
Painting is a four step process using marine grade paints that not only make the boats look beautiful but are important for waterproofing and sealing the wood and fiberglass. The first step is sanding to remove a years worth of built-up dirt, algae, barnacles and chipping paint. Next, minor dents and dings are patched and filled with a polyester resin based wood bondo.
After the surface is prepped and smoothed it is cleaned. Then an epoxy based primer coat is applied. The last step in the process is to finish painting.
There are four different paints in this step; most of the exterior of each boat gets painted with black yacht enamel and the gunwales are accented in red. The interior of the boats get several coats of exterior grade acrylic paint while the underside up to just above water-line gets painted with a marine anti-fouling paint. The anti-fouling paint contains copper which is naturally anti-microbial and will lessen the build-up of barnacle growth on the boat.
Here some more photos from the production shop.